Single Dose Benedryl Liquid

Posted on: Mon, 09/09/2002 - 3:25am
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pI was ordering a new Allerpak and was hoping to see one a little larger to carry Benedryl too. Then thought it might be nice to see pre-packaged single dose Benedryl liquid. Called Pfizer, 1-800-524-2624, and was told they have been getting numerous requests for same and would consider it if the requests keep coming. So, if you are interested in this, give 'em a call./p

Posted on: Mon, 09/09/2002 - 5:09am
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Very interesting! Thanks for posting. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I have thought about this in the past since I always carry liquid Benadryl with my Epi pen JR and also keep it in my childs fanny pack that his teacher wears. It would be great to have a smaller single size dose of the liquid available.
The rep said she would forward my comments on and that she has been getting requests for this product packaging.
Lets keep calling so we can make a change and possibly have this product available soon!
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Posted on: Mon, 09/09/2002 - 7:06am
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I just emailed my request under the guest contacts at
[url="http://www.allergy-cold.com/"]http://www.allergy-cold.com/[/url]
I hope others will email them too.
Margaret

Posted on: Mon, 09/09/2002 - 11:22am
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That's so wild - I just called them today too and asked the exact same question. You probably talked to the same guy, and he was probably thinking of me when he told you they had been getting multiple requests! Has anyone found a smaller container to create their own single-dose?

Posted on: Mon, 09/09/2002 - 11:38am
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Thanks for the link. I just sent an email too. I would love it if they would do it. I don't feel safe decanting it into another container. They say that you should keep meds in their original container for safety sake. I have heard that the wrong kind of container could affect the potency. I carry the fastmelt tablets with his Epipen but would prefer the liquid.

Posted on: Mon, 09/09/2002 - 8:30pm
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I talked to my pharmacist and got from him a small bottle with a safety cap used for dispensing liquid prescription meds. On a small piece of paper I wrote
"Children's Benedryl: Expires xx/xx/xx
Give Lauren for ",
wrapped it around the bottom and then used packing tape to seal it to the bottle.
I know it isn't a good idea to do this but it was much easier than carrying the original bottle.
But...now that she is in school, they require, understandable, the med be in the original container.

Posted on: Tue, 09/10/2002 - 7:00am
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Have you tried using the fastmelt? I love it! I just cut around the tablet into a circle and it fits right on top of the epi pen just beneath the lid. Then he puts it into his Medi Pack shot holder and has the shot and benedryl on him at all times! The school knows its there and he doesn't have to wait for someone to go to the office to find it. Its really convenient. It should work for all but babies as it melts right in the mouth.
HTH,
Valerie

Posted on: Tue, 09/10/2002 - 7:21am
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Have you found fastmelts that don't contain decongestants and other things like that? I haven't seen any pure antihistamine fastmelts.
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 09/10/2002 - 7:34am
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My allergist did not recommend that I use the fast melt benedryl. It contains something else that the other did not...it has been a while since I asked about it and actually got the information from her nurse. I also do not know if it is because of his age (3) that they recommended staying with the normal Benedryl. I should probably find out more when I post, but I just remember I was told not to use them.

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2003 - 9:57am
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HI,
I was looking through this thread and wondered if anyone knew of any progress with this. It would be great if the company would follow through and make this in single doses.
Anyone know anything on this
Thanks
Jane

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2003 - 10:07am
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Today at walmart I saw benadryl grape flavored chewable tablets and also cherry ones that dissolves as soon as they touch your tongue,these are much easier to carry around than the bottle.has anyone tried these?

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2003 - 12:59pm
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I was at Walmart this week and saw these also!! I read the box and it is for 6 yrs old and up, my PA son is 5 1/2...I plan to ask our doctor about these. Definitely easier to carry. I wonder if this works at the same rate and as fast as the liquid...

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2003 - 2:19pm
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SF,
If you read the liquid benadryl box it also says for children under 6 ask your Doctor, the allergist recommended them to me and my son is almost 4 years old.

Posted on: Sat, 08/23/2003 - 5:59am
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I had asked Dr. about the liquid vs.fastmelt a number of years ago, dd is 9, diagnosed at 3. He said only the liquid would work fast enough. But you might want to check with your own Dr.

Posted on: Sat, 08/23/2003 - 6:16am
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One of the reasons our allergist gave for using the liquid is that as it is swallowed it coats the throat and helps to immediately reduce the swelling brought on by the attack.
The tablets, even the quick-dissolve won't do this.
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Posted on: Sat, 08/23/2003 - 3:30pm
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In the interim, ask your childrens doctors if they have sample sized bottles of benadryl syrup. I got some from the office of Joey and Allison's pediatrician and they're really handy. I think they hold 3-3 1/2 tsp. I just refill the bottles from a bigger bottle at home.
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Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2003 - 12:05am
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I just found Cherry Fastmelt that does not have any other ingredients. It is the same as the liquid in 12.5 mg doses. It was the last one and i asked the pharmacist to order more and hold them for me.

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:22pm
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Reraising for another discussion going on...anyone know the latest efforts to get a single dose LIQUID benedryl product?
Jill
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Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 2:32pm
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I found at K-Mart that there's a medicine syringe that has a stopper on the end. I pre-measure my Benadryl doses, and they stay precisely at that level. Of course I periodically check them, and they're always the exact amount they're supposed to be. I love them because they're small and easy to carry, but even more so because, when there's been a reaction, it's so nice not to have to measure the Benadryl. You gain time. Also, when DS had a reaction, I was upset and my hands were shaking. I would have had a hard time opening the container and measuring it. Obviously I would have done it, but it was so much nicer not having to do so.
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Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 2:34pm
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Quote:Originally posted by LaurensMom:
[b]I talked to my pharmacist and got from him a small bottle with a safety cap used for dispensing liquid prescription meds. On a small piece of paper I wrote
"Children's Benedryl: Expires xx/xx/xx
Give Lauren for ",
wrapped it around the bottom and then used packing tape to seal it to the bottle.
I know it isn't a good idea to do this but it was much easier than carrying the original bottle.
But...now that she is in school, they require, understandable, the med be in the original container. [/b]
My child's school was OK with my bringing the unopened Benadryl container to them and then measuring out the dose into 2 medicine syringes with stopper (see my other post in this thread). They agreed with me that time gained by having it pre-measured is worth breaking the original seal.
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Mookie---Mom to Devin (PA, born 2004) and Brendan (PA, TNA, SA; born 1999)

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 2:36pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Cooper's mom:
[b]My allergist did not recommend that I use the fast melt benedryl. It contains something else that the other did not...it has been a while since I asked about it and actually got the information from her nurse. I also do not know if it is because of his age (3) that they recommended staying with the normal Benedryl. I should probably find out more when I post, but I just remember I was told not to use them.[/b]
My allergist said that liquid Benadryl is better than chewable Benadryl.
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Mookie---Mom to Devin (PA, born 2004) and Brendan (PA, TNA, SA; born 1999)

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 10:47pm
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Three years ago, when my DD was starting Kindergarten at a private school they told me that I had to have individual doses of Diphenhydramine(Benedryl) in order to make sure they administer the right amount to her. SOOO, I did a TON of research and found that hospitals DO have individual doses in little sealed cups. I went to CVS and they told me that they could order them, but had to speak with my dd's doctor. My DD's doctor called them and we had them within a day or two. We have since re-ordered them MANY times-they are GREAT for keeping in her epi-pack and for her school to have on hand. Everytime I break one quickly open if she gets hives, I am so happy to have a nonmessy option for Benedryl.
The maker is Pharmaceutical Associates, INC. out of Greenville, SC Each little cup holds 10 ML of Diphenhydramine HCL Elixir (each 10 ML cup contains 25mg of the Diphenhydramine). If you would like these for your child ask your Pharmacy about this and tell them they are used by hospitals and see if they can order them for you. They come in a long pack of 10 cups and I usually get 4 packs= and my insurance only charges me my $10 copay.
Just wanted to pass this info on to all of you.
Have a great day!
Shandra (mom to Madeline 7 pn/tn/soy and Grant 3 1/2 no allergies)
(edited for proper manufacturer info-wanted to make sure I got it right!)
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Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 2:15am
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Shandra,
Do those single dose cups contain any dye?
Cathy
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Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 3:54am
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Yes, they do have a dye in them (I think) since they are a light red/pink color. When we peel back the top, I can peel it only a little ways so it sort of gives her a sip area so it doesn't spill on her. It does have alcohol in it, which over the counter Benedryl does not have in it-but these vials work faster and my Doctor tells me it is because of the alcohol in it. Makes DD a little sleepy, and over-the-counter Benedryl doesn't affect her at all. But, the benefits heavily outway the negatives-she just takes a nap after taking it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
My DD tells me they sort of taste like the Bubble Gum flavor of Benedryl but not as good.
Hope this helps.
Shandra

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 4:19am
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I just phone Pfizer. The man I spoke with said they do not offer any individual pre packaged liquid benedryl for sale. He wouln't discuss the hospital products they have. No luck on the phone...
I emailed them as well expressing my concern and desire from MANY of us food allergy parents/sufferers to have such a product...I'll ppost their answer when I get it!
In the meantime, I will check out the pharmacy ordering angle...this sounds good.
jill
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Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 6:19am
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This is the email I received back from Pfizer in re to the individual dosage droppers of liquid benedryl that some have seen in the hospitals...
Dear Jill,
Thank you for contacting Pfizer Consumer Healthcare regarding individual dose droppers. I must advise you that our company does not manufacture this particular product. My suggestion would be to check with a local retailer, the product package or search the Internet to determine the correct manufacturer and contact information.
If we can be of further assistance to you, please contact us toll free at 1-800-223-0182 (U.S.) or 1-800-661-4659 (Canada). We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also visit us online at [url="http://www.pfizerch.com."]www.pfizerch.com.[/url]
Doris
Consumer Affairs Department
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
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Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 6:33am
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I have emailed the company that make the actual benedryl elixer in the individual droppers...this is the info they show (note the rx ..meaning prescription, NOT OTC):
Diphenhydramine HCl
Elixir USP 12.5 mg/5 mL Rx

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 9:08am
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Here is a photo of the dosage cups I got the pharmacy to order for us. It is small, light, and perfect for epipacks, backpacks, etc.
[img]http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e55/sdsibley/dosagecup.jpg[/img]
hope this works-I have never posted a photo before.
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Re-raising

Posted on: Sun, 01/22/2006 - 6:17am
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We used to carry a syringe of Benadryl (manufactured with needle ready) 50 mg with us at all times for my son's first 5-6 years. It is still commercially available and we found it as comforting as liquid Benadryl! Just a thought to pass on even though we never had to go that far thank G-D!

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 1:20am
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Quote:Originally posted by lilpig99:
[b]I have emailed the company that make the actual benedryl elixer in the individual droppers...this is the info they show (note the rx ..meaning prescription, NOT OTC):
Diphenhydramine HCl
Elixir USP 12.5 mg/5 mL Rx

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 3:50am
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Hi Elizabeth! The maker of the above mentioned and photo of individual cups is Pharmaceutical Associates, INC. out of Greenville, SC Each little cup holds 10 ML of Diphenhydramine HCL Elixir (each 10 ML cup contains 25mg of the Diphenhydramine).
I TOTALLY agree with you that it should be "out there" for others to get a hold of. You have NO IDEA how hard it was for me to find and locate these-but thanks to the hard work of my DD's Doctor and our local CVS we were able to get these. I want other people to try to get them also-they are SO great-easy for her to drink out of when she needs them and easy to carry.
If the Phizer (the maker of Benedryl) is not making these, then Pharmaceutical Associates, INC. should get our business!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] It is the SAME ingrediants as Benedryl but because it has alcohol in it, it is not OTC.
Good luck and let me know if I can help you in obtaining these great little cups of "benedryl" type med.
Shandra

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 3:58am
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Hi Elizabeth! (sorry I am having trouble replying to this topic today-hope this works this time)
The maker of the above discussed and pictured med is Pharmaceutical Associates, INC. out of Greenville, SC Each little cup holds 10 ML of Diphenhydramine HCL Elixir (each 10 ML cup contains 25mg of the Diphenhydramine).
I totally AGREE with you that EVERYONE should know that this product exists and how GREAT it is for other Allergy sufferers. We love the convenience, ease of use, and flexibility it offers us with our PN/TN/Soy allergic child. You have no idea how difficult it was for us to find these years ago, and since then we have tried to pass the word on to other people. I am glad that those here at PeanutAlllergy.com can now ask their Doctors and Pharmasists to order them for themselves. It took a lot of work for our DD's Doctor to find them, and then our local CVS was quick to order them.
Good luck in obtaining them-they are GREAT-let me know if I can help in any way.
Shandra

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 6:06am
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OK this is the deal...I emailed Pfizer who markets Bendryl...they wouldn't discuss any other products (cups or droppers) that hospitals may carry...only the OTC items that Pfizer markets. (see my above post for their exact wordings).
Then, I emailed the company out of south carolina, Pharmaceutical Associates, INC (PAI). I do not know if they make Pfizer's benedryl product though...they make generic diphenhydramine that other companies probably purchase and market accordingly(example: Equaline from Jewel food store).
(I think I may have mistakenly posted that PAI *MAKE'S* benedryl...but that is incorrect)
ANYWHOOO so I emailed PAI (Pharmaceutical Associates, INC out of Greenville, SC) who appears to make the individual dosage units of diphenhydramine HCL...I don't know but am assuming from maddiesmom's info that it is the cups not the droppers. I asked about making them available to the public and if not, where might be obtain them. Here is their address (sorry you may have to copy and paste it into your browser)...
[url="http://www.pa-inc.net/product.htm"]http://www.pa-inc.net/product.htm[/url]
I suspect PAI will not be interested in my questions...I assume it is Pfizer that must be the ones to choose what form to sell the diphenhydramine in...large bottles, tablets, etc. Then they must label it accordingly for patients usage. Currently, the ind. dose diphenhydramine on the PAI site shows it is a prescription only drug. Maybe that is because there are no 'patient instructions' for usage. I don't know who gets to decide that. The government? Must be. I wonder why. At any rate, PAI has not emailed me back as of yet...I will post it when I hear anything.
If you go to the PAI site, you will see a picture showing some small cups next to larger bottle...looks like the cups maddiesmom posted! LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED...and go to Pfizer's site AND LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED!
Wouldn't it be lovely?
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DS, 18 mo. EA, MA

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 6:10am
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If you go to the PAI site, click on the alphabetical 'ch-di' link, (i think thats the right one) ...it will take you to the correct page to view the details about their diphenhydramine (I also posted the information a bit further above).

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 11:43am
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Just wanted to ask this here as I plan to request that our pediatrician prescribe these single-dose anti-histamines:
Those who have been successful in getting doctor to prescribe -- was doctor totally agreeable, and if not, what points did you make that seemed to persuade? Also, any problems with getting insurance to cover, and if so, how was that handled?
Just thought it would be good to have that info here too as I suspect I'm not the only one who will be requesting this med from doc in near future! I will post how our doc request goes for this med. (And what sort of dumb problems we have with military base pharmacist, LOL!)
Thanks to all --
Elizabeth
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